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Real reason behind insecurity in Nigeria – EFCC, ICPC, NJC

Civil society leaders, anti-corruption agencies and other stakeholders have expressed serious concerns about the growing series of kidnappings, murders, and insecurity in Nigeria.

They agreed that the grand corruption was the cause and that only an ambitious and robust anti-corruption fight can end the insecurity in the country.

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The experts spoke Wednesday at a municipal meeting held at the Hotel Barcelona in Abuja and organized by the Socio-Economic Rights and Responsibility Project (SERAP) in collaboration with UKaid.

Professor Yemi Akinseye-George, SAN, in his article entitled Practical strategies to mobilize citizens to participate in the fight against corruption, said: “Corruption is the biggest obstacle to security, development, and equality in society Nigerian.

“Corruption affects all aspects of human effort and permeates all strata of Nigerian society, from the government to the average citizen.

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This threatens the country’s existence as an entity by weakening institutions, making the rule of law obsolete, undermining good governance and impoverishing citizenship through a declining economy.

“The most visible impact of corruption on Nigerian society today can be seen through the myriad lens of security challenges that the country has to face, which extends from bandit activities in almost all major road networks to the insurgency in the North.

Despite the millions allocated to the defense sector, the average Nigerian can barely travel between states without fear of one’s safety.

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“You wonder what the different governors do with the security votes assigned to them each month. The fact that security votes are generally not taken into account should not be an excuse to divert such funds for non-security related purposes. “

Hassan Hafiz Mohammed, who represented the Chairman of the Independent Commission for Corrupt Practices (ICPC), Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, said:

The oath of official secrecy cannot and should not be used as a pretext by public officials not to disclose information on corruption matters within their ministries. , departments, and agencies. “

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According to Mr. Saminu Amadin, representative of the Commission on Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC): “The fight against corruption cannot be left alone in the hands of the government since citizens have a fundamental role to play in preventing and fighting against corruption in Nigeria. We should deploy all means to fight corruption.”

Ms. R Hassan Ahmed, who represented the National Judicial Council (NJC) for her part, stated that: “The Criminal Justice Administration Act must be fully implemented by all states, as it will help fight corruption, even in the judiciary and will help address the chronic delay in judicial proceedings. “

Kolawole Oluwadare, deputy director of SERAP, said before the group discussions: “Good governance, respect for human rights and total commitment to obey court orders are critically important for the stability and growth of Nigeria, and to prevent and combat security challenges in many parts of the country.

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“Federal and state governments should focus their attention on the human rights dimension of insecurity in the country since an honest government is a basic right of all citizens.”

According to him, “citizens contribute a missing component to the fight against corruption. They bring extra-institutional pressure to drive change when power-holders are corrupt and not responsible, and when institutional channels are blocked or ineffective.

Therefore, Nigerians must exercise their collective power to engage in the fight against corruption, including cases of fraud that directly affect them.

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“While corruption brings out the worst in people, the fight against corruption can bring out the best. Citizens do not fight corruption in the abstract.

They do it to overcome poor and inexplicable governance, poverty, displacement, organized crime, and other forms of oppression and injustice.

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“SERAP encourages people to speak against corruption at all levels of government: federal, state and local government, as well as against crime that involves the private sector and impunity that has allowed corruption to flourish.

“Major and minor corruption directly affects all of us as citizens, especially socially and economically vulnerable among us. Nigerians can contact us at info@serap-nigeria.org if they wish to become members of Citizens United Against Corruption,” said Oluwadare.

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